The Fairfax Wolverine 4-H Club teamed up with Atchison County Community Services for the Meal in a Bag Challenge. With the help of their classmates at Fairfax R-3, the 4-H youth donated 87 pounds of food that will provide 25 meals for families in need.

Missouri 4-H has been running a food drive since January 1 and will continue to April 30. The Fairfax Wolverine 4-H Club decided that they wanted to focus their food drive on making complete meals for people in need. The club teamed up with Atchison County Community Services Director Sam O’Riley, who has been working on the Meal in a Bag Challenge. The youth donated 87 pounds of food, with the help of their classmates at Fairfax R-3, that will provide 25 meals for families in need.

Meal in a bag is based on a recipe that is all shelf stable foods that a family in need can take and make easily with a recipe included. The Wolverines chose the Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing Casserole and they donated a can of corn, two cans of chicken, a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of cream of cheese soup, and a box of instant stuffing. Another recipe is for Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake and takes a jar of pasta cheese sauce, a package of rigatoni, two cans of tuna, one can of peas, one can of corn, and a can of cream of cheese soup. The Wolverine 4-H Club would like to challenge you now to take the Meal in a Bag Challenge. For every Meal in a Bag that you donate to Community Services until April 30, the amount will go to the club for their food drive challenge. The club challenges you to add one of these meals to your grocery list and help your neighbors in need through Community Services.

If you have questions or would like to know more about Atchison County Community Services, contact Sam O’Riley at 660-736-4646 or Ginny Smith for information about 4-H in Fairfax.